ST. LUCIE COUNTY — The school district and its teachers union have reached agreement on one-time additional payments for the current school year.
The School Board and union membership have yet to accept the tentative agreement.
Eligible teachers would receive an $850 “retention supplement.” In addition, $500 would be added to the base amounts used to calculate supplements. The union’s eligible non-teaching employees would receive supplements equivalent to their step within the salary schedule, plus a $250 bonus.
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Superintendent Wayne Gent suggested St. Lucie County consider asking voters to raise taxes — as the Martin, Palm Beach and other districts have done — to increase teacher pay.
“We did the best we could in this lean year,” Gent said in a news release.
E. David Freeland, president of the Classroom Teachers’ Association, was resigned to the agreement, admitting in the news release the agreement is “not the kind of compensation package we want to bring to our members.”